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May 25, 2012

Photo of the Week: A Japanese Macaque at Kyoto’s Monkey Park

A Japanese macaque monkey sits at the Monkey Park outside of Kyoto, Japan.

When most people think of Kyoto, they imagine Japan’s ancient traditions and the myriad of fantastic temples that dot the city’s landscape. However, when you visit Kyoto, the sheer number of majestic temples will eventually leave you needing a break.

So, when you hit the proverbial brick wall, where should you head for a break?

Sitting just outside the city of Kyoto, in the town of Arashiyama, is the Iwatayama Monkey Park. Featuring  over 150 Japanese macaque monkeys on the forested Mt. Arashiyama, the park allows you to feed the troop of monkeys from the safety of a cage. However, in a unique twist, it’s you that’s inside the cage, not the monkeys, who are allowed to wonder the hillside freely.

Once you are finished feeding the monkeys, you can head outside of the cage, where it is possible to get a closer look at some of the monkeys while you are walking down the hillside to the park’s exit.

The picture above features one of the Japanese macaques relaxing in a bush near the mountaintop.

For more information on the Iwatayama Monkey Park, visit their website. It has full details on admission prices, operating hours, and directions from downtown Kyoto.


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